Bangkok, Thailand ( Tuesday 22nd - Friday 25th February )
The journey from Ko Phan-Ngan was a long one and we arrived in Bangkok just after midnight. We'd booked in at the New Siam 2 guest house but were unable to find it, so headed over to the backpacker haunt of Khao San Road and found somewhere to stay.
I got up early, left Julie in bed and headed out to try and find the elusive New Siam 2. The hostel/hotel we'd stayed in that night wasn't too bad but I'd heard really good reports about the New Siam 2 and it also had a pool. As it was over 35° in Bangkok, I felt a pool would come in handy!
After about an hour of walking round in circles, I managed to find New Siam 1 and they pointed me in the right direction of their new place, the New Siam 2.
On walking in, I knew this was the one and for just 750 baht (10 quid) a night, it was a bargain. The place is basically a hotel and we got a great room on the 2nd floor with aircon (a must!), TV, ensuite bathroom and it was complete with a Louis Vuitton duvet cover.
I rushed back to Julie and we grabbed some breakfast and then headed over with all our stuff.
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We then ventured out into hustle and bustle of Bangkok. A lot of people had warned us about Bangkok and they'd said it was a dive. Our first thoughts were that it was alright and we were astounded to see the amount of stuff we could buy! As it was almost one of our last stops, we were planning on stocking up on allsorts.
As we were coming back to Bangkok, we were mainly getting our bearings and checking out all the bargains. Pratunam market was good, but we'd heard of a better one called Chatuchak Weekend Market.
This market has pretty much everything and we were looking forward to going there, after we'd come back from Chiang Mai.
Whilst there, we met up with Katy (again!) and went for a few beers. That didn't happen, as we went out on the only day of the year when beer can not be sold anywhere. Trust us, although it was a nice rest for our livers!
Our visas for Thailand only last 30 days and we'd mis-calculated and worked out we were here for 37. So, a trip to the Thai Embassy by tuk-tuk was needed. In our copy of the Lonely Planet, the visa was 500 baht (8 quid) but this had now risen to over 2000 baht.
We starting filling out the forms but then I remembered if you leave the country and then come back, they will extend you for free for another 30 days.
So, off we went to find out where we could leave Thailand the quickest and cheapest.
As we were off to Chiang Mai, we'd read that you can do a 'Visa Run' into Myanmar and be there and back within a day from Chiang Mai.
Sorted! We'll do that then and get another stamp in our passport from Myanmar.
Here's the pictures....
Louis Vuitton duvet cover
The infamous Khao San bike
Khao San Road
Tuk Tuk driver - they are mental!